Since opening in 2015, Sky Garden has been offering delighted visitors a fairly unique experience – the chance to explore a forest in the clouds, high above a mighty metropolis. And, what’s more, it’s completely free.
I don’t know about you, but when I hear the words “salt mines” I’m hardly filled with excitement. That’s why the first time I visited Krakow, I dismissed Wieliczka as a boring day trip for nerds and squares. However, I would soon live to regret my mistake.
Back in August, my boyfriend and I took the train to Manchester to see Morrissey. We knew we wanted to check out the Northern Quarter and chow down on some tasty vegan food. But, if you’d have told me my highlight of the day would have been a trip to the library, I wouldn’t have believed you.
When we woke up on our fourth and final day in the Big Apple, we were all too aware that we only had a few more hours to enjoy this magnificent metropolis. So, we decided we’d have to make the most of them.
Day Three in New York City: Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial and the Empire State Building
By our third day in New York, normal service had well and truly resumed following the blizzard. So, we took the tourist boat to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You are able to get off the boat at Liberty Island, but we chose to see the statue from the boat.
On our second day, we arose bright and early to seize the day. The snow was beginning to melt by now, so most of the city was back on the go. So, we grabbed a bagel for breakfast and headed to St Patrick’s Cathedral.
“All non-emergency vehicles must be off all NYC roads by 5 pm until further notice.” Looking around the practically deserted Met, it was clear to see the automated emergency alert caused by Storm Jonah had sent a panic around the building.
Located just 10 miles north-west of Leeds City Centre lies Otley Chevin. However, when we visited in autumn, it felt like a million miles away. The forest boasted a warming palate of orange, yellows and browns. And, just like when Dorothy first entered Oz, the forest seemed to transport us from black and white into technicolour.
Roseberry Topping watches over Teesside like a big friendly giant. For those, like me, who grow up in the area, its crooked peak signifies childhood days in the country. And, when we return home, no matter how long we’ve been away, its distinctive silhouette on the horizon acts likes a familiar face welcoming us home.
As far as European capitals go, I found Berlin to be one of the most affordable places I’ve been to. However, if you’re keen to keep your expenses to a minimum, here’s how to do Berlin on a budget.